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Wayne Miner fought in World War I and may have been the last soldier shot in the war.

Kansas Citians have grown up hearing the name Wayne Miner. There’s the Wayne Miner Housing Project, the Wayne Miner Health Center and the Wayne Miner Post of the American Legion, but few know the story of Wayne Miner. Now, they can learn the story, through a dramatic presentation “The Buffalo Hero of World War I: The Wayne Miner Story” which will be on stage for five performances at the Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Central, KCMO, from Fri., Nov. 22, through Sun., Nov. 24.

The play is the story of the heroic Pvt. Miner, who valiantly volunteered to take ammunition to the front line during WWI when fellow soldiers refused. Breaking the chains of fear and death, guided by his mother's spirit and upholding the Buffalo Soldier creed of “Deeds Not Words,” Miner entered history at a time when he was not considered an equal.

The play is written and directed by Kenthedo Robinson, a Park University graduate, who is now New York City-based. Robinson has more than 25 years’ experience as a theater teacher and has written, produced and directed more than 20 works.

For the “Miner Story,” Robinson brings to Kansas City actors from his Crystal Image Performing Arts company, who debuted the play in New York this spring.

The Kansas City performances include a Fri., Nov. 22, gala night honoring Kansas City Historian Joe Louis Mattox. The gala begins with a pre-play reception from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Tickets to the gala, which includes tickets to the Friday evening performance, are $40.

Other performance times are: a senior citizen and student performance at noon Fri., Nov. 22, the Friday evening performance at 7 p.m. Sat., Nov. 23 performance at 7 p.m. and matinee performances on Nov. 23 and Sun. Nov. 24 at 2 pm. Tickets to all performances are $25, however, discount tickets are available for seniors (discount code SCTBH), students and teachers (discount code STBH) and veterans (discount code VTTBH).

Tickets can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com.

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